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A specialized instructional program in education not listed specifically by the us department of education.
Careers for program graduates
Specialized education majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Elementary and Middle School S...Secondary School TeachersEducation and childcare admini...Postsecondary TeachersSpecialized ManagersSecretaries and Administrative...Chief executives and legislato...Specialized Teachers and Instr...Farmers, Ranchers, and Other A...First-Line Supervisors of Offi...Accountants and AuditorsCustomer Service Representativ...
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Current Award Levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in specialized education at each level last year.
02K4K6K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year Certificate2-4 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertProfessional DegreeResearch DoctorateOther Doctorate
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all specialized education graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 55% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Not Reported
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 62% of other programs.
Of all people with any degree in specialized education earned in the last academic year, 75% were women.
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 75% of other programs.
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in a specialized program in education, which includes specialized education and 19 other programs.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in a specialized program in education have a median salary of $59,782.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 45% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 23% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
As with our salary data, this data applies to all who earned a bachelor's degree in a specialized program in education, which consists of 20 programs.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 1.8%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 57% of other fields.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 7% of workers who earned a bachelor's in a specialized program in education are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Specialized Program in Education (which combines 20 programs), perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
Completions History

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0-1 Year Certificate
Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Specialized Education doing?

Below you'll see the distribution of the starting salaries and accumulated federal and private educational loans across schools that offer this program.

Median starting salaries
Median cumulative loan amount
Salary and Employment for Majors
Percentage of a specialized program in education bachelor's graduates who are working

Technically, about 24.4% of a specialized program in education graduates are currently not working, but only 1.8% are classified as "unemployed." The remaining 22.5% are "not in the workforce," and we don't know whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

Percentage working by type of employer
Federal government
State government
Local government
Self Emp. Incoporated
Self Emp. Not Incorp.
Private not-for-profit
Private for-profit
Context: Unemployment rates

How does the unemployment rate for a specialized program in education majors compare to the rate for other majors?

Typical salaries for a specialized program in education majors
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Following is the full distribution of salaries for a specialized program in education majors, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary data includes people who may also have earned a graduate degree in any subject.

$61K$58K$55K$62K$40K$68K$75K$60K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KLocal governmentState governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitSelf Emp. Not Incorp.Self Emp. IncoporatedFederal governmentOverall
Context: median salaries

How does the median (middle) salary for a specialized program in education majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?

Gender and success for a specialized program in education majors

The donut shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in a specialized program in education.

Men (48%)
Women (52%)
Context: Gender representation

There are more female a specialized program in education majors than most other degrees. This chart explores the percentages of men and women across majors.

Distribution: salaries by gender

Does your gender influence your salary? If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars should be about the same.

Context: Salary inequity

For a specialized program in education graduates, men generally earn 24% more than women. This is high: 71% of programs have graduates with lower salary inequities.

Insights from the ages of a specialized program in education bachelor's-holders
Salary by age

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for a specialized program in education graduates.

Workers with this degree
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Among all specialized education completions reported last year, 88% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 55% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in specialized education
0-1 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Degree
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

About 45% a specialized program in education majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of a specialized program in education majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 59% of other fields.

Distribution: a specialized program in education majors' salaries by education level

Explore the salary distribution of a specialized program in education majors by their highest degree earned. (Graduate degrees may be earned in any field.)

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We measured the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved -- see how this increase compares to other majors.

23%54%20%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

This section's data applies people who earned a bachelor's degree in a specialized program in education

There's a wealth of information about diversity and employment by college major using data from the American Community Survey. The data for specialized education is available for the larger a specialized program in education degree designation, which contains a total of 20 programs. The charts in this section only apply to people who earned a bachelor's degree in this program.

Explore Careers
Careers for a specialized program in education majors

Where do a specialized program in education majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** before the job name tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in specialized education.

Other majors that are hired by the top ten a specialized program in education careers

Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by a specialized program in education graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work, and explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!

Elementary EducationGeneral EducationEnglish Language and Lite...PsychologySpecial Needs EducationEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationHistoryLanguage and Drama Educat...Liberal ArtsMathematicsSecondary Teacher Educati...Physical and Health Educa...BiologyBusiness Management and A...General BusinessCommunicationsPolitical Science and Gov...ChemistryNursingPhysicsAccountingElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringMarketingComputer ScienceFinanceCriminal Justice and Fire...EconomicsMusicGeneral AgricultureAgriculture Production an...Animal SciencesPlant Science and Agronom...Agricultural EconomicsElementary and MiddleSchool School TeachersSecondary School TeachersEducation and childcareadministratorsPostsecondary TeachersSpecialized ManagersSecretaries andAdministrative AssistantsChief executives andlegislatorsSpecialized Teachers andInstructorsFarmers, Ranchers, andOther AgriculturalManagersFirst-Line Supervisors ofOffice and AdministrativeSupport WorkersAll othersTop 10 CareersTop 10 degrees hired
Where can I complete this program?
Explore schools that offer specialized education degrees and certificates

Use this list to identify high-performing schools in convenient locations that offer this program. Select the orange scatter button to see typical starting salaries and student loans by school and award level for the broad program Specialized Education. (Salary data is only available for large programs.)

Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Explore specialized education graduate program details

Many schools provide information to Peterson's about their graduate programs, and Ididio has licensed that data to share with you. The full list of schools is in the first table you encountered, and here we share the data that select universities have chosen to provide. You'll find more information about these programs on each school's page under "Programs Offered" -- select any table row to see this!

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Explore similar programs

Specialized Education is part of a larger collection of programs: Student Counseling, Library Science, and other Education-adjacent fields. Is there a different program that's close to Specialized Education that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.